Police Investigating Fraud Incident at Oil City Hotel

| February 12, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Police in Oil City are investigating an incident in which a hotel room was charged to a local non-profit organization without authorization.

According to Oil City Chief of Police Robert Wenner, around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28, the Oil City Police Department received a report of an incident of fraud at a hotel in Oil City.

It was reported that an individual checked into the hotel on January 17 under the name “Alfred James,” and another individual, described as a “man in a suit” told the clerk to bill the room to “the Venango County CASA Program.”

According to Chief Wenner, the hotel failed to obtain identification from either individual.

Cinnamon Evans, Executive Director and Case Manager for CASA of Venango County told exploreVenango.com that the individual who asked to have the room billed to CASA not only “falsely represented himself as an officer of the court,” but also had the organization’s name wrong, calling it “the Venango County CASA Program,” rather than CASA of Venango County.

“I’m also worried about other non-profits. I want to make sure people are aware of incidents like this so they can protect themselves and their organizations,” Evans said.

According to Chief Wenner, the incident remains under investigation.


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